Posts Tagged ‘adele’

Before I even begin, let me just say that this is not someone hacking into my account writing why music sucks. I know you’re probably wondering (if you have any quick thought capacity while reading): ‘Why would this chick who has a music blog say that music sucks?’ Well, my readers, keep on reading on.

These aren’t my thoughts on why the music of today sucks as many reputable music zines and sites have discussed. This isn’t an in depth analysis of why “they just don’t make ‘em like Bach anymore.” I actually quite like some of the music being produced today, thank you very much. Yes. I can even feel the appeal of much talked about Tyga’s Rack City.

Music sucks because it reminds you of people, places and things. Music is also brilliant and beautiful this way. It just depends how much you can control where the music takes you, so to speak.

a) reminds you of a person, place or thing that is no longer a part of your life because
1) you used to listen to this said music with this person or at this place or
2) this is a brand new song, but the lyrics/emotions remind you how you feel about this person, place or thing

b) reminds you of a time in your life that
1) you feel strange going back to
2) because of this makes you feel the sense of time-lapse ever more strongly

c) can keep dragging you through emotions/pain that
1) could otherwise be avoided while not listening to the music
2) you use as a self-inflicting weapon

d) can feed into your current circumstances and
1) make you wonder why this is happening to more than just me (which could be positive to think about)
2) bring you down…usually due to the lyrics

There is an SNL spoof that is rather hilarious about Adele’s hit song, Someone Like You, that illustrates why music sucks. Adele’s song became a hit because of all of the above. Humans can be pretty masochistic. I think Someone Like You brought out that need to turn pain into pleasure. Why else would it, months later, be heard over and over again on the radio? Another current song that hit the masses in the same way is Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Love. People all over the world felt the same way about someone that they used to love—making it another depressing hit that makes you “addicted to a certain kind of sadness” (lyrics from the song). One of the most awkward moments is when the guy I was thinking about while this song was playing told me he had been listening to it all weekend and thinking of this other girl while listening to it. Haha. Now, it’s just funny.

Music isn’t all butterflies and rainbows. In actuality, most music sucks. It’s depressing. The song can even be about butterflies and rainbows for all I care, but it can still be depressing put into a context of someone’s mind. For example, I couldn’t listen to Etta James’ At Last, and overall happy song about finding someone you’ve always dreamed of because I listened to that song with an ex boyfriend, and at the time, I thought he was the bees knees. “My heart was wrapped up in clover” and then that all disappeared and I was crying hearing that song for a year. But it’s not the music’s fault. It’s our brain’s faults for bringing us back to that person, time or place. Music sucks because it sucks to be sad.

Note: I’ve been wanting to write a post on this topic for a while now. All beliefs as to who this is about or not about should be abandoned as this is just a general thought process that I have realized for quite some time now. I am not depressed while I write this. I am just writing for the sake of putting my thoughts out there into the world.

I try to write about musicians who aren’t so mainstream, but this post covers those that I’m sure you’ve heard.

I’ve noticed that the past few years have been a favorable time for female musicians in popular culture. Being one, I say “more power to them.” Their underlying themes are very similar but universal–usually about love. This isn’t surprising. Love or the loss of love have been felt by everyone. Songs about love can become popular because the listener identifies with these words of a person they’ve never met. ‘Hey, I’ve felt like that before.’ ‘I’ve been in that situation before.’ The listener then wants to learn the lyrics and sing-along because, secretly, they’re expressing it to someone. A connection like that is pretty powerful.

that's permanent marker on my hand. thank god because that treble clef is backwards and really a cursive 'S'. Unfortunately, if you google musical heart tattoo a lot of people have this backwards treble clef engrained into their skin. FOREVER.

Here are a few songs by female artists singing about love (some of which I’ve had sing-alongs). I’ve included some lyrics for each song which you will find run the love gamut.

Adele “Someone Like You”
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

Sara Bareilles “Gonna Get Over You”
Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me
Keep me when I’m hurting and make me,
Hang from your hands

Regina Spektor “Rejazz”
Thought I’d see your face in my mind for all time
But I don’t even remember what your ears looked like

Beyonce “Countdown”
Oh, killing softly and I’m still falling
Still the one I need, I will always be with you

Florence + The Machine “Cosmic Love”
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blind

Ingrid Michaelson “Die Alone”
I’m just a stranger, even to myself.
A re-arranger of the proverbial bookshelf.
Don’t be a fool girl, tell him you love him.

Jazmine Sullivan “Bust Your Windows”
I bust the windows out your car
And no, it didn’t mend my broken heart
I’ll probably always have these ugly scars
But right now, I don’t care about that part

La Roux “In For the Kill”
Let’s go to war
To make peace
Let’s be cold
To create heat
I hope in darkness
We can see
And you’re not blinded by the light from me

Lauryn Hill “I Used to Love Him”
I chose the road of passion and pain
Sacrificed too much and waited in vain
Gave up my power, ceased being queen
Addicted to love like the drug of,drug of a fiend

Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers”
Be the ocean where I unravel
Be my only, be the water where I’m wading
You’re my river running high, run deep run wild

Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
I drove for miles
Just to find
You and find myself
All these screams
All these voices
In my head
You gave me strength
Gave me hope
For a lifetime
I never was satisfied